PHOTOS: Hurricane Iselle – Before & AfterAugust 10, 2014, 11:07 AM HST (Updated August 11, 2014, 5:31 PM)
Despite being a relatively weak hurricane, Iselle did more than her fair share of damage. Here is a brief summary of pictures chronicling the storm’s arrival and aftermath.
The Day Before
On Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, our Big Island Now writers took a brief break from covering the storm to snap some photos of an eerily quiet and beautiful Hilo day.
Meanwhile, Wailuku River calmly bubbled along, steadily carrying water from the mountains to the ocean as it has for centuries.
Arrival of the Storm
A day later, as rain began to fall, Wailuku River looked much different.
High winds and heavy rainfall began to hit East Hawai`i.
Although tens of thousands of Big Island residents experienced power outages and high winds, nowhere was hit harder than Puna.
Trees and power lines could be seen downed everywhere.
Hawaii National Guard soldiers joined with Hawaiian Electric Company and Hawai`i County Employees to assist with tree removal and power restoration.
A Puna street sign sits tangled in electrical wiring.
No Rainbows Here
Rainbow Falls continues to empty out the remnants of Hurricane Iselle’s heavy rainfall.
Here’s a previous photo of Rainbow Falls for comparison.